The Screens (fin. Kaihtimet)was a theatre performance at University of Tampere, Teatterimonttu. It was performed between 16.9.2004-19.10.2004. Original play was written by Jean Genet.
The play of Jean Genet is a commentary to the european theatre tradition. It is ambiguous, chaotic ja basicly impossible to set up to stage. NÄTY and SORIN SIRKUS took the challenge and produced the play together.
This webpage is part of doctoral degree of theatrical art by Mikko Kanninen in University of Tampere, Department of Acting.
Performance was directed and adapted by Mikko Kanninen. Set designer was Ruska Schönberg. Light designer was Samuli Hytönen. Wardrobe was designed by Kitte Klementtilä. Sound and music was designed byi Nuutti Vapaavuori. Circus choreography was made by Taina Kopra. Dances were made byi Ari Numminen.
THE ENTIRE PERFORMANCE (SCENE BY SCENE):
INTRO (1,9 MB, 1:25 min)
The audience arrives. Actors are preparing for performance. The actor of Said arrives.
Scene 1 (14,7 MB, 8:30 min)
Said and his mother are on their way to a nearby village to spend the wedding of Said. Said is a poor ( and he is mourning his fate) because he can (at least in his own words) only afford the most ugliest woman.
Scene 2 (9,5 MB, 6:34 min)
The arab-whores in brothel mock the inability of their countrymen to resist the French occupation. They would like the men be more like a legendary resistance fighter – Si Slimane. Said arrives directly to the brothel from his own wedding.
Scene 3 (12,7 MB, 6:44 min
Leila’s new home. We’ll see how Said and his mother are treating the girl at their new home.
Scene 4 (17,2 MB, 07:50 min)
Sir Harold advises Arabs in their work and he also shows them the governor’s power. Habib hints Said that this night the colonial farms are burned to the ground.
Scene 5 (14,5 MB, 06:37 min)
Said has previously been caught for theft. He has stolen from Talebilta who demands compensation from Said´s family. Said returns from the prison.
Scene 6 (13,1 MB, 9:19 min)
Three women from the village prevent Mother from weeping Sli Slimane’s body, because “the dead himself” prohibits it. Mother promises to ensure the matter from the deceased himself on the next day.
Scene 7 (19,1 MB, 08:42 min)
The Trial. Authorized by the French governors, Kadi judges Arabs. Said also wants a conviction.
Scene 8 (27 MB, 13:09 min)
The Mouth. Exorcism of the dead. Mother ask Si Slimane why he did not want Mother to cry for him.
Scene 9 (23,3 MB, 10:29 min)
Leila, the Mother and the Gendarmerie. Home Inspection. Leila also has stolen the clock. Family abasement.
Scenes 10-11 (35,4 MB, 17:00 min)
Sir Harold and the Lord Blankensee have a conversation at their plantations. At the same time the Arabs, ignite fires on orange trees… Colonial Lords are driven out of their farms. In honor of the Arabs present scenes from the life around: Said and Leila in prison, 1840s, French, etc., Sir Harold shoots Kadidja, bigmouthed Arab woman.
Scene 12 (17 MB, 08:20 min)
Dying Kadidja agitates her fellow arabs to underground resistance. Kadidja dies.
– INTERMISSION –
Scene 13 (49 MB, 24:02 min)
Gendarme and his wife flee the arab resistance to the road. Said and Leila in the desert. Sir Harold’s son and Vamp face Said and Leila. Said and Leila fall asleep, drunken Banker and Sir Harold override them. French soldiers in the mountains. Mother accidentally kills Pierre..
Scene 14 (59,6 MB, 24:14 min)
Brothel is now used by the Arab soldiers. Ommu would like to poison the village well to kill the French. Arab military and Ommu disagree in the ways of resistance. More volunteers arrive to be a brothel whores. Brothel is crowded. Kadidja arrives to the Dead. Among the Dead are also French soldier Pierre, Bachir and Si Slimane. Also Mother arrives to the Dead. French soldiers are lost in the dark. Lieutenant is killed by stray bullet in his stomach. Soldiers organize funeral to lieutenant, in the French intellectual’s way . The Dead determine the truth. Leila collapses to herself.
Scene 15 (15 MB, 06:06 min)
Wardan hautajaiset. Warda saapuu kuolleiden luo.
Scene 16 (49,5 MB, 10:29 min)
Actors arrive on the scene. Everyone is waiting fo Said: actors of the Dead, the French actors and Ommu with her Arab escorts. Said arrives. Said´s fate is controversy. Everyone would like to get themselves the Said legend. In the middle of depate the Arabs shoot Said. The stage is empty. We can see Said after his death. We see ourselves. The End.
Theatre as a Project of a Body - artistic research on the theoretical and practial possibilities of moders acting
To be presented, with the permission of the board of School of Communication, Media and Theatre of the University of Tampere,
for public discussion in the Teatterimonttu theatre, D-wing, Kalevantie 4, Tampere on April 22nd, 2012 ay 12 o`clock.
UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE
(c) Mikko Kanninen 2012